Weak kei cars continue to dampen Japanese new car registrations

Japan roads October - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Japanese new car registrations remained in negative territory in October, as pulled-forward mini vehicle sales are still not quite digested. [Continue Reading]

Japan’s new car registrations brought down big by mini mobiles


Registrations of new automobiles in Japan contracted by 7.6 percent in September, consolidated data by Japan’s industry associations show. Data were diminished by continuing, even accelerating weakness of mini vehicles, on top of sluggish sales of regular vehicles. [Continue Reading]

Weak kei cars keep dragging down Japanese new car sales in August

Japan August 2015 - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Japan’s new car sales continued to be feeble in August due to continued weak registrations of mini vehicles, although the drop was less pronounced than in July. Regular cars were up slightly. Imports to the allegedly closed market continue to look healthy. [Continue Reading]

Japanese new car registrations dragged down by kei cars in July

Japan - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Japan’s new car registrations were down 7.6 percent in July, according to data by industry associations. Sales continue to be dragged down by mini vehicles. Regular cars were down slightly. Imports to the allegedly closed market are strong. [Continue Reading]

Drop in Japanese new car registrations levels off, keis still suffer

Japan roads june - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

New car registrations in Japan dropped only 2.2 percent in June, an improvement over May when sales contracted by 7.6 percent. Healthy gains in the regular car sector were drawn down by minivehicles, which have to digest pulled-forward sales due to a tax rise in April.

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Mini vehicle hangover brings Japanese car sales down

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Japan’s new automobile registrations were down 7.6 percent in May. It was the mini vehicles that brought the market to its knees, after a change in taxes had caused a run on kei cars in the first quarter. Mini vehicles were down nearly 20 percent in May. Regular vehicles were up 1.4 percent. [Continue Reading]

Japan new car sales, April 2015: Pulled-forward Kei cars pull sales down


Registrations of new automobiles in Japan dropped 7.5 percent to 319,482 units, consolidated data released by industry associations show. The culprit was a sudden cooling of Japan’s love-affair with the mini vehicle. [Continue Reading]

Japan’s new car hangover continues in March

Japan roads - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Registrations of new cars in Japan dropped a further 11.2 percent in March year-on-year, after sinking 14.7 percent in the month before. This according to consolidated data by Japan’s major industry associations (full table here.) A month ago, we said that the JDM will “drop some more,” and it was an easy call. [Continue Reading]